2018 Blues Hall Of Fame Recipient...
Eight years ago, Tom was a corporate Vice President of Cox Communications Group, who quit it all to pursue a full time music career. He had just paid the last college tuition bill for his four children, and that was the day Thomas Forst put the pedal to the metal on a life-long dream.
Since then Tom has gained acclaim as a guitarist, vocalist and songwriter - performing and recording with well known musicians from The Johnny Winter Band, Saturday Night Live, Allman Brothers Band, Paul Nelson Band, Stephen Colbert Show Band, Popa Chubby and Grammy winning musicians & producers. As a performer he has opened for: Hoobastank, Slam Allen, Christine Ohlman, Marshall Tucker Band, Lucas Nelson (Willie's son!), Atlanta Rhythm Section, 3 Dog Night, Gideon Luke, Grand Funk!
Now in 2017, Tom The Suit Forst has released his solo album, "On Fire," presented by Norwalk, Ct-based Factory Underground Records. Produced by Grammy-winner Paul Nelson, guitarist to Johnny Winter, the blues-based rock album is comprised of eight highly personal originals and three classic covers.
And the question of how one Thomas Forst became known to the world as Tom The Suit Forst: "It was one of my first gigs, guesting with my son's punk rock group. They called me up, I was still wearing a business suit in those days. As I walked out and starting playing, the crowd was chanting "SUIT SUIT SUIT!!!"
The Legend of THE SUIT was born.